Most European countries have a strong demand for IT security professionals. These specialists are very rare. We need cyber talents to protect the critical IT infrastructures from hackers and cyber criminals. Many European countries are therefore setting up national cyber security competitions for finding young cyber talents, encouraging them to pursue a career in cyber security.
The European Cyber Security Challenge (ECSC) is an initiative from ENISA and organizations from six countries involved in the implementation of the first European Cyber Security Challenge in 2015 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The ECSC leverages these competitions in that it adds a pan-European layer to them: The top cyber talents from each country come together and meet, network and collaborate. Finally they compete against each other to determine the winner of the ECSC. To find out who’s countries team is the best, contestants have to solve security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.
The Spanish Team, the top-10 most talented young people from Spain in Cyber Security, was selected following their participation in the 2014 CyberCamp CTF. INCIBE has been training participants in soft skills and technical training with a methodology based on ethical hacking, in which various subjects were addressed, such as Web Security, Crypto Puzzles, Reverse Engineering and Forensics, (Secure) Programming, Penetration Testing, Attack & Defense, Linux/Windows/MacOSX Security, Mobile Security).